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fairview Park, South Australia
forda003
Nov 10, 2017 3:50 PM CST
I recently planted 6 crepe myrtles (1.8m tall) this winter (I am located in South Australia, Australia). The trees are in various positions in our backyard, and all trees appeared to take and grew new leaves in spring. Recently the leaves began to turn orange/reddish, more intensely around the edges and started to curl. They don't look dry, and they look green underneath. Kind of like new growth sometimes has a redish hue. Our climate is generally hot and dry, and we often have droughts. I have been watering a lot, due to establishing a number of new plants.
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 10, 2017 6:27 PM CST
Welcome!

Crepe Myrtles love got and dry so that isn't the problem. Are you watering deep enough to allow the moisture to get down to the roots and encourage them to grow deeper?

When you water, put your hose on a drip and water until it puddles. That could be a couple hours to a couple days, depending upon your soil. Then water only once a week.
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fairview Park, South Australia
forda003
Nov 10, 2017 8:16 PM CST
DaisyI said: Welcome!

Crepe Myrtles love got and dry so that isn't the problem. Are you watering deep enough to allow the moisture to get down to the roots and encourage them to grow deeper?

When you water, put your hose on a drip and water until it puddles. That could be a couple hours to a couple days, depending upon your soil. Then water only once a week.


Thank you for that. I'll definitely try watering a bit more Smiling

Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 10, 2017 8:41 PM CST
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plantladylin
Nov 10, 2017 10:06 PM CST
Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia 'Zuni') like other Crepe Myrtle's are drought tolerant once established. Discolored, curling leaves sounds like a sign of stress, possibly due to not enough water, too much water or nutrient deficiency.
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fairview Park, South Australia
forda003
Nov 11, 2017 8:00 PM CST
Just a quick update and big thank you for the advice. I really soaked the roots of the trees for several hours. They perked up within a few hours, and by this morning even the colour looks improved. So relieved, thanks so much for the tips. Big Grin

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